Thursday, November 6, 2008

Do the leaves change color where you are?

Trees*by Joyce Kilmer
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

The best part of Autumn is for me, the changing
colors all around me.These are two views from my kitchen windows...

On the kitchen table right now...

These are the tomatoes I just brought in over the weekend.
They are ripening as you can see. ;-)
Princess and Farmer Dad enjoying the Autumn weather, and providing me
with yet another lovely view from the house. ;-)

A close up of that back corner of the yard.

To the left of them are a couple of Cranberries, which really come into their own this time of year.

Similar in color right now, a small azalea at the back of the house.

Farmer Dad especially enjoys his 1st pear tree's(we have 3 now) color...
it's the light orange in the background..

If you look up...Out my front window..a lovely Japanese Maple...

It will be the last tree in the neighborhood to lose all it's leaves most years.In the front yard, we also have a coneflower still blooming.

*We are not far from the birthplace of Joyce Kilmer,
(1886–1918, American poet, b. New Brunswick, N.J., educated at Rutgers College and Columbia (B.A., 1908). He is known chiefly for his poem “Trees,” in Trees and Other Poems (1914).),
and this has always been one of my favorite poems.


tina said...

Just beautiful. How lucky are you to have such a nice kitchen view? Your harvest looks great. I just pulled all my tomatoes today. Finally. Love the J. Maples. They are so pretty.

Did you know Dave at the Home Garden is doing a fall color project? Posters from all over the world leave a link to their fall colors. You represent the garden state well.

Saundra@An Italian Mama Gone Crazy said...


No, we get no leaf change at all here. Lots of palm trees, they just lose their husks.

What a gorgeous yard!

zilla said...

You know how I feel about trees in general, but I LOVE Japanese maple, and really miss the one at Z-henge. To think I never stopped to notice how long it held its pretty little leaves...shame on me!

Here at Z Flats, it's the oaks that won't let go. They drop their acorns early enough to torture my still bare feet, but it's really hardly worth raking until the first snow melts off, well after Thanksgiving. There's something about oaks, though, that keeps me from hiring the tree-eradicators then replacing the oaks with trees that might agree more with my human rhythms.

Does Princess know about the little worm without whom an acorn would never become a sapling?

Do you have any conifers, or access to pine cones, so P can see what happens when a completely dry one is soaked in water?

Special thanks for sharing your still-blooming coneflower. Mine is earnestly dormant by now. I still can't get my head around the difference in our ag zones! Are our latitudes really that far apart?

JGH said...

You've got color there alright! I'm curious about those green peppers. What kind are they? Are they hot?

Patsi said...

Just love the fall colors of cranberry,peach and plum.
We still have some peppers but the tomatoes just don't taste right.
And to answer your question...we have fall color. Come by and visit another New Jerseyite.

Anonymous said...

The leaves don't change color here and I miss it so. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures.